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Leo J. Holzer

Aug 25, 1924 - Mar 15, 2018
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Leo John Holzer, 93, passed away peacefully at Cottage in the Meadow surrounded by family on March 15, 2018. Leo was born to John and Katherine (Deichert) Holzer on August 25, 1924 west of Strasburg, North Dakota. At the age of 12 Dad shared that he had to quit school to work for local farmers in the area for $.50 per day.  He worked on the farm twelve hours a day and seven days a week to help feed the family. At age 16 Leo joined the C.C.C., a government made work project for young men. They would build roads, parks and water projects in Western N.D.  After his mother passed in 1942 he moved to Bismarck with his family. As there was not much money to be made he moved to Yakima, WA.  In 1943 he was drafted into the army; he took his basic training at Camp Swift, TX.  He was then assigned to the European Theater in the engineers’ battalion as a truck driver, bridge builder, laying and clearing mine fields and road construction.  He was honorably discharged following the end of World War II in May of 1946.  Upon discharge he returned to Bismarck, worked at various jobs and in 1947 he returned to Yakima.  One of his first jobs was to work for Smith Cook Furniture where he met his wife of 66 years, Shirley Hunziker. They were married on June 2, 1951 at St. Paul Cathedral.  Other jobs included H & H Meat Packing Company, Maid O’Clover Creamery and finally he retired from Associated Grocers after 25 years from which he received the Associated Grocers Driver of the Year Award.  After retirement Leo ran the St. Vincent De Paul Food Bank in Yakima for 12 years from which he received a Community Service award from the Yakima Rotary Club.  
 
Dad enjoyed volunteering for the church.  His faith was evident in everything he did.  His hobbies included bowling, fishing and attending his children and grandchildren’s school events.  Dad was a handyman and never hesitated to help family and friends; there was nothing he could not fix.  Camping trips to Fort Stevens State Park and the beach were some of the family’s best times. Leo and Shirley took many trips home to North Dakota and continued their travels for the next 20 years. 
 
Leo will be deeply missed by his wife Shirley, sons John (Cyndi), Greg (Debbie), Kevin, Dan (Karen) and daughters Jaci, Doreen and Mary (Robert).  He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his son Timothy, parents John and Katherine, brother Alois and sister Teckla.
 
Visitation is planned for Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 2:00-7:00PM with a Vigil Service beginning at 6:00PM, both at Brookside Funeral Home (500 W. Prospect, Moxee).  Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 10:00AM at St. Paul Cathedral, followed by a reception at Holy Family Church in Fr. Murtagh Gathering Hall. A Graveside Service, with full military honors, will follow the reception at 2:00PM at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Cottage In The Meadow, St. Vincent, or La Salle High School, in care of Brookside Funeral Home (PO Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936) who is caring for the family. To share a memory or condolence please visit www.brooksidefhc.com.
 

 

 

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Funeral service

Mar 22, 2018:10:00 AM

St. Paul Cathedral

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Graveside

Calvary Cemetery

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